We Are Wolves Have a Flower Fetish
Vincent Levesque would love to garden more. "I just re-potted a plant yesterday," the We Are Wolves keyboardist tells Spinner from his Montreal apartment. Whether a permanent state of affairs or just a passing fancy, his horticultural fixation is shared by We Are Wolves frontman Alex Ortiz.
In fact, the cover art for their new album on Dare to Care Records, 'Invisible Violence' (just released in the U.S.) is inspired by retro-tinged pictures of various flora.
"Me and Alex, we're really excited about plant photos," offered Levesque by way of explanation. "Alex has had a fascination with plants for awhile."
The image of leather-clad punky dance-rockers on their knees planting flowers in the dirt may seem bizarre, but We Are Wolves have never fit into any stereotype -- which is just the way they like it. Like the rest of his quirky bandmates, Levesque's background lies not exclusively in music, but also in visual art.
"We've never considered ourselves musicians before anything else," says the multi-talented French Canadian, who personally designs most of the graphics employed by the danceable post-punk, synth rock outfit, including the album cover in question. "We looked at a lot of late '70s gardening books," he said. "It's nice to put your own take on a timeless symbol or a generic image."
To keep things fresh, all three Wolves (including drummer Antonin Marquis) keep their hoes dipped in other creative soils, and work with an eclectic roster of producers. 'Invisible Violence' features the wizardry of Hadji Bakara of Megasoid and Wolf Parade, and Radwan Moumneh of Pas Chic Chic and Thee Silver Mt Zion.
Further, the band just shot a video in the Quebec countryside for 'Blue' which was directed by frontman